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Liya Kebede

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Liya Kebede, a radiant beauty

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Lemlem, Liya's fairtrade brand

In 2007, Liya launched Lemlem, her own clothing brand for women and children. The brand supports the Ethiopian weaving trade. In 2008, the brand launched its first range of clothes handmade in Ethiopia. Lemlem combines Liya’s interest in fashion with her humanitarian work and gives Ethiopian craftspeople a vital economic opportunity.

An accomplished woman

Liya Kebede is an actress, model and internationally renowned designer. In March 2011, she starred in the film Desert Flower, an adaptation of model Waris Dirie’s autobiography, directed by Sherry Hormann. She also appeared in The Good Shepherd and Lord of War. Liya recently finished shooting Alain Chabat’s Marsupilami. She also stars alongside Freida Pinto in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold.

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A committed woman

Liya founded the Liya Kebede Foundation which works to reduce mother and child mortality and improve living conditions for them around the world. The organization works in close collaboration with other highly respected associations such as UNICEF, the White Ribbon Alliance, Women Helping Others and the Fistula Foundation and relays the international support with local work. Liya is also an advisory member of the Mothers' Day Every Day campaign.